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    October 11, 2012
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coming up, an important warning about the airbags in your car. how some people are learning the hard way that those bags are not factory approved. first, forget glass ceilings. we're going to introduce you to a woman who shattered barriers in the sky. you are watching "world news
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we mention tonight's vice president shall debate earlier. happy to say that abc's martha raddatz is tonight's moderator. >> and when she's not hanging with biden or ryan or traveling the war zones, martha gets to cool stuff, like when she went flying with the first female fighter pilots. check it out. >> reporter: it is one of the most fearsome fighter jets in the sky. the f-15 strike eagle. i could not been more capable hands. the colonel is not only a decorated fighter pilot, she has broken through gender barriers, few thought possible. >> they said, you realize if you go with fighters, you'll be the first and there will be the attention. and i said, i don't want the attention but i want to fly fighters more than anything. >> reporter: more than 20 years ago when she entered a world dominated by male swagger. >> plaques for the ultimate are
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found in the ladies' room. >> reporter: that altitude was not just in movies like "top gun, pentagon brass argued male bonding was critical. >> if you want to make a combat unit ineffective, assign some women to it. >> reporter: but like it or not, they were ordered to change. since then, she has logged 2,700 hours. 300 in combat over iraq and afghanistan. dropping bombs on enemy targets and avoiding enemy fire. leavitt now trains others for combat, commanding a 5,000-person fighter wing. this day, a mock bombing raid in the skies over north carolina. >> what the jets do first is a show of force exactly what they would do if this was a real battle. >> the changes with women flying combat aircraft is -- >> all different skill levels. >> -- girls don't stand out anymore. >> it is very true. >> reporter: and the colonel and
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others have inspired a new generation. >> regardless of your gender i think everyone is going to look up to her, everyone does look up to her. >> the fact, gender, race, religion, none of that matters. it matters how you perform. >> reporter: she has performed one of the best of the best. so take that, maverick. martha raddatz. abc news, seymour johnson air force base. >> now get this, in-flight. that's right, take that, maverick. she's logged more than 2,700 hours, 300 in combat over iraq and afghanistan. she's been a weapons instructor as well. fair to say she is among the best of the best. >> you better believe it. they don't put you in the cockpit of one of the expensive planes unless you are one of the best of the best. >> apparently. see, see what i mean. don't have to deal with tsa. >> modern fighter pilot. good look for you. >> thank you, thank you. it's also interesting, i mean, she entered the air force in 1992.
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earned her bachelor's in aerospace engineering, and masters in aeronautics and astronautics from stanford, university. >> little smarty pants. >> such a smarty pants. >> my goodness. >> that's right. iceman. >> i am crazy. >> am i iceman or you iceman? >> maverick, iceman. beth pretty cool. >> i want to beep maverick. >> i will be iceman. i like it. up next, an important consumer alert. >> how the very thing designed to protect you in a car crush could end up being what harms you the most.úd
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well, when you think about counterfeit stuff, maybe you are thinking about money or fake luxury items. you are probably not thinking about the air bags in your car, safe to say. >> you should be. in fact national traffic safety administration is warning about counterfeit airbags. abc's david kerley reports they look like the real thing but they're not. >> reporter: this airbag supposed to save your life explodes. fire shooting out of the steering wheel. it's a counterfeit. here it is again, the fake literally shooting parts and flames right at the driver. or this bag, another fake. that only partially inflates. customs a scents were spotting fakes when the tests of the suspected chinese made counterfeits came back the alert went out. >> when people try to think about counterfeiting having largely to do with whether or not somebody is selling a
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bootleg dvd, we're dealing in a completely different world now. >> reporter: this summer in charlotte boxes were confiscated. in a raid. some are sold in the internet. some in retear shops. this is only an issue if your airbag has deployed and you have to have it replaced. the government says go to an authorized dealer and make sure you get the real deal. less than 250,000 vehicles over the past three years may be affected. the advice, if you're not sure you got a real replacement, have a dealership check your new air bag. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> yeah, that is just route rages. it's one thing getting a counterfeit handbag. >> and fire shooting out of the steering wheel, that's ridiculous. check www.safercar.gov. for information on how to contact auto manufacture call centers to learn which vehicle models are among those who may have gotten those counterfeit air bags. >> frightening.
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coming up, no matter what your age is, likely the cartoon "peanuts" was part of your childhood. now a new movie coming your way. [ male announcer ] sponges take your mark. [ female announcer ] one drop of ultra dawn has twice the everyday grease cleaning ingredients of one drop of the leading non-concentrated brand... to clean 2x more greasy dishes. dawn does more. so it's not a chore.
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♪ ♪ oh i need someone to read me stories ♪ ♪ oh ♪ someone to turn the page well, finally this half hour, the promise of more peanuts. >> yes, more charlie brown, lucy, peppermint patti and eve snoopy. >> don't get too excited. the big screen movie is in the works. abc's chris connelly has the details. >> reporter: cue the music. the memorable character. >> 5 cents, please. >> good grief. >> reporter: and peanuts' fans get ready to laugh. work well. in the wake of tuesday's news a deal has been made.
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>> attention, everyone, here's our director! >> reporter: to update charlie brown and the gang to the century for a new animated feature. >> lucy, get those costumes and scripts and pass them out. >> we know how dedicated peanuts how fanatical these peanuts fans, if you put them in the wrong voice, wrong illage, take them in the wrong place. and charlie brown an ipad you will hear about it. >> reporter: the first peanuts film without the input of creator charles schultz. who died in 2000 after bringing his incomparable blend of wit and whoa to 50 years of peanuts strips, films and tv specials. this new film it is said will be co-written by craig schultz who knows he has big shoes to fill. >> all i can do is make it last as long as i can and be as true to my dad's work. i believe the rest of the family is dedicated to that. >> just look, as far as the eye
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can see. >> reporter: the film is slated to be released in 2015. that would be the 50th anniversary of the peabody winning charlie brown christmas. good enough news. to bring everyone to their feet. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> i cannot -- can't wait. >> best one. christmas one. >> christmas one, he buys the tree. >> become part of the vernacular. something pathetic. it looks like the charlie brown christmas tree. >> update. speaks to the kids of today. >> they're going to have a challenge because, yeah, the kids today might find it a little slow. that's what made it great. different generation. >> we'll see something different. that's the new for this half hour. follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> on twitter@abc, use #wnnfans. we'll see you in a minute. #-wnnfans. we'll see you in a minute.
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this morning on "world news now" -- the spotlight shifts. the vice presidential candidates are ready to spar tonight in their only debate. >> they'll go head-to-head over domestic and foreign issues. 26 days before the election. it's thursday, october 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, i'm john muller. >> i'm sunny hostin. paula and rob are off this thursday morning. we'll get to the high stakes vice presidential debate in just a moment. also this half hour, late news from colorado in the frantic search for 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. a body has been discovered. police sources tell us they believe it is the missing girl. also ahead, disgraced cyclist lance armstrong demanded to know who accused him of doping.
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now he has the names, 26 of them, including 11 former teammates now against him. >> which is unbelievable. wow. then the latest low down on the lohans, yes, lindsay gets in a nasty new brawl. this time it's with her mom. cops were called. and we'll have it all coming up in "the skinny." they just never disappoint. >> didn't involve a nightclub and car this time? >> i think it did involve a nightclub. >> did it really? yeah, we'll find out. we're going to begin with tonight's big debate, with just 26 days before the big election. >> romney running mate paul ryan arrived in kentucky where he will face-off for 90 minutes with the vice president joe biden. it will be ryan's first debate on the national stage. with the race so close there is extra pressure for him to turn in a clutch performance. >> vice president biden travels to the debate site later today. he had several mock debates with the paul ryan stand-in, maryland congressman chris van holland. who has been with biden all week helping him prep, and a sign of how good he feels about his
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prospects, his first campaign event after the debate will be in wisconsin, right in paul ryan's back yard. martha raddatz moderates the debate and we will carry it live. as for the top of the ticket, there are questions this morning about where mitt romney stands on abortion. romney said in an interview tuesday that he has no plans for abortion legislation if elected. but anti-abortion advocates reminded him of his pledge to do everything in his power to promote a culture of life. and so on the stump in ohio, romney reaffirmed that he is indeed pro-life. in an interview with abc news, president obama accused romney of trying to cloud his true stance on abortion. speaking to diane sawyer, president obama conceded that he did poorly in last week's debate. asked if it was possible he had handed the election to romney, the president replied "no." breaking news this morning in the search for a 10-year-old
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girl who vanished on her way to schooler in denver. a body has been found. remains were discovered in arvada, colorado, just miles from jessica's home. sources tell abc news, it is believed to be jessica. it could take a while to make a positive identification. hours earlier, police announced jessica's parents were not suspects. >> i want to come out today and tell you that at this point in the investigation after thoroughly looking at the parents, we're confident that they are not involved in the disappearance of jessica ridgeway. the focus shifts to an unknown suspect as we think she was abducted. >> there was a big delay in reporting jessica's disappearance. her mother works overnight and was sleeping when the school left a voice mail saying jessica didn't show up. police were called eight hours later after her mother retrieved the message. now to the house hearing, stemming from last month's attack in libya. a former u.s. security official told lawmakers it was clear that they would not get the extra security they requested until an
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actual incident occurred. abc's jake tapper has more on the testimony. >> reporter: that horrifying night in benghazi had former security officials in libya condemning superiors for denying requests for security agents. >> i asked for 12 agents. his response was you are asking for the sun, moon and stars. >> reporter: eric nordstrom, the former security officer at u.s. embassy in libya recalled his biggest frustration as being the state department. >> it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs, and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> reporter: nordstrom suspected the denials for security were rooted in a fear of making libya seem more unstable. but a state department official denied any politics were at play. >> i have directly served six secretaries of state, democratic and republican. on my honor, no, none.
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>> reporter: we have learned new details what happened that night. at 8:30, ambassador chris stevens went outside the compound to say good night to a visiting turkish diplomat. the streets were empty. but at 9:40 p.m., security agents in the operations center of the compound heard explosions and saw a large group of armed men entering the compound. stevens, sean smith and one security agent locked themselves in the safe area. they saw attackers hunting for them. pouring diesel and, setting the house on fire. the three americans went to a bathroom area where they tried to open a small window for air. but it was not enough. on the ground suffering from severe smoke inhalation they decided to flee. stevens and smith never made it out alive. diane sawyer asked the president about the white house's initial claims that the incident began with a protest against that anti-muslim video. >> as information came in, information was put out. the information may not have always been right the first time.
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look, look, diane, these are people i know. and if there is something to be fixed, it will get fixed. >> reporter: the commander of a security team pulled from libya a few weeks before the attack testified that when he heard about the attack on the post in benghazi it was instantly recognizable that it was a terrorist attack. i had almost expected the attack to come, he said, we were the last flag flying. it was a matter of time. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> well, i think it's just stunning that it appears that perhaps security was short changed. people were asking for security and didn't get it. >> obviously, house republicans are saying that, you know, there was a, you know, situation here where the obama administration blew it. and are actually accusing the administration of misleading the public. the obama administration denies that. hindsight is 20/20. but there's no doubt about it.
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there were requests they didn't feel safe. they needed more. let's face it. the facts play out that they had, very good suspicion and they were right. >> and this was not a good time for the hearing, for the obama administration. >> no. >> especially 20-something days away from the election. >> got that right. >> tough. talk about lawyers and jerry sandusky, they say they will fight the attempts to take away his penn state pension. the retirement pension told sandusky will no longer receive $4,900 monthly check. in light of his conviction on child sex charges. sandusky received a total of $900,000 in pension payments between his retirement in 1999 and last month. >> wow. >> that's -- that's a sweet retirement deal. >> $900,000. >> that's a lot. wow. >> apparently the decision rests on analysis that he remained a de facto employee of penn state in the years after his 1999 retirement. and we all know how that that put him in the position to commit more crimes against young boys. and so, it's no surprise to me
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that, you know, they're saying well, you're not entitled to that retirement anymore. >> it makes you wonder if they're going to try to recoup that. >> he won't get any more. >> a good point. they should. we'll see. >> we'll see. u.s. anti-doping agency says lance armstrong not only cheated in pursuit of his seven tour de france titles, in pursuit of his titles, he pushed his teammates to do the same. the agency investigation found that armstrong was at the center of quote, the most sophisticated professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. the agency's chief says the evidence against armstrong, too overwhelming to ignore. >> our job unfortunately is to act on the evidence. nothing else. nothing more, nothing less. and that's what we have done in this case. and what we saw, and the evidence shows an undeniable web of sophisticated doping, all aimed to succeed and bring are success to this team.
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>> armstrong has been stripped of all his titles. he did not fight the agency's charges, but he does continue to insist he never cheated. medical news now, the search for a way to prevent alzheimer's. researchers plan to test three drugs on people doomed to get the disease. because of their genetic makeup. within a few years doctors should know which drug if any would work. research in the past has focused on people who already have the disease with little positive results. >> that's a significant breakthrough. >> let's hope one of these works. yeah, right. your tuesday forecast -- showers, thunderstorms, in california. from san jose to l.a., san diego. also stretching into vegas, phoenix, albuquerque. showers from houston, corpus christi. wintry mix near the canadian border, northern minnesota to the upper peninsula of michigan. >> highs only in the 40s from fargo to minneapolis. mostly 60s from chicago to boston. and, 80s, across the south. when we think of activities at senior centers, golf, or arts and crafts come to mind.
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>> yes. but in great falls, montana, one group of seniors is going hog wild, hog as in harley, that is. these over 50 folks lined up for the chance to strap on helmets, goggles and hit the open road. accompanied by the local harley club. most had never, yes, never been on a bike. and they all agreed that given another chance, they would do it again. >> kind of fun being on the back of a bike, right? >> man, look at that. they have harleys too. >> check it out, man. >> they look cool. >> did they go to the road house, get in a fight. down pitchers of beer. what do you think? >> i'm digging it. >> me too. well, coming up. another day, another round of drama, yes, for lindsay lohan. this time, she and her mother go a few rounds. bizarre details ahead in "the skinny." but first, police say there was a lot more working out going on inside a fitness studio in maine. small town scandal involving, sex and zumba. you are watching "world news now."
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scandal. >> yeah, it's a humdinger. this one plenty of evidence to be watched allegedly. an alleged list of johns has people very nervous. check it out. >> reporter: it's a town better known for east coast charm and summering ex-presidents. now kennebunk, maine, rocked by a massive scandal involving -- sex, money and zumba. >> i don't think it's something that's indicative of kennebunk. it is a nice town and a nice place to live. and i am quite surprised. ♪ >> authorities charge, zumba instructor alexis wright for running a sex for money operation out of her fitness studio. indicted on 106 counts more than half for prostitution. wright appeared in court. her alleged partner, insurance agent, mark strong sr. has also been charged with promoting prostitution and violation of privacy. it turns out the duo allegedly recorded many of write's encounters and authorities have
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gathered more than 100 hours of video. now the town is bracing itself for another wave of scandal as police issue summonses and plan to release the names of wright's alleged customers. >> i think there is a lot of people talking and probably some people that are sweating bullets about the list that may or may not come out. >> can you imagine? >> and get this -- police have begun issuing summonses to write's customers. townspeople heard, lawyers, doctors, law enforcement officials and television personality. >> yes. >> have been summoned. >> i have not been to maine. put your mind to rest. do not give me an accusing look. >> i was just going to ask. >> the answer is no. >> my goodness. >> obviously, a little bit of scary as well. the school board administrator put the parents on notice of any kids who have relatives that might be on this list make sure there is no teasing or bullying. it's rocking the whole town and it really has a ripple effect. well, when we come back, we're going to see what's going on in "the skinny."
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probably more scandal. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this fro
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skinny so skinny ♪ so now it is time for "the skinny." it's time for -- yes, the lohans. apparently lindsay and her mom dinah went out to club in manhattan. they hung out. a girl's night out until 4:30 in the morning. then allegedly got into a
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significant argument over whether or not, lindsay would stay at a manhattan hotel or return to her mother's home on long island. the screaming fight starts. they're now in front of the home. lindsay calls her father for help which is so fascinating. >> yeah, unbelievable. >> she starts yelling, dad she is on cocaine. talking about her mom. and then the father calls 911 and the cops get there. apparently, they're fighting because lindsay wants the $40,000 that she loaned her mother so that the family home wouldn't be foreclosed upon. and they get into this big, big argument. interestingly enough, then this morning, for a photo op, there you go, all is well between the lohans. all is well. hugging they have made peace. allegedly. allegedly. >> why does the dad call 911? why? unless they're brandishing weapons. >> but i've got to tell you, it
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makes you understand lindsay's issues. >> apple doesn't fall far from the trees are is that what you're saying to say? >> they have screwed her up. it makes me feel sorry for her. let's talk stevie nicks, she has apologized to nicki minaj she made. apologizing saying, for the comments. she said she would kill, would have killed american idol judge nicki minaj for what the rapper said to mariah cary. in a statement to the "hollywood reporter." she was truly sorry and felt deep regret for the remarks she made. they came at the long exhausting day of interviews. drew ire after minaj said off with your head i will knock you out. so stevie nicks was basically saying, how dare this little girl, if i were mariah, i would have walked over to nicki and strangled her to death. and gone to jail for it. >> who is going to mess with stevie nicks. maybe i should have chose my
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words a little better. >> well, people are coming to mariah's defense. well, honey boo boo. >> okay. >> he doesn't know who honey boo boo is. well, i do. honey boo boo has her own 24-hour bodyguard after kidnapping threats. apparently, there is some sort of alleged plot to abduct the 7-year-old reality star. and there was an attempted break in at the honey booboo household august 27. believed that someone was casing the place for a future kidnap attempt by some one that may be ransom for their newest star. she gets paid $20,000 an episode. >> my goodness. >> she's fascinating to just watch, much less hear the audio. >> it's difficult to look away. difficult. >> you're right. quickly, beyonce pulling out of "a star is born" with clint eastwood. too bad. would have been interesting. beyonce pulling out of "a star is born" with eastwood, the singer, due to team up. she said we couldn't get it together. >> they're big obama supporters.
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♪ cheeseburger in paradise making the best of every bite ♪ cheeseburger moments here. >> oh, man. >> overnights too. dinner time for us. cheeseburger in paradise sound good right now. any burger would do. >> yes, especially the ones we're about to show you, though. they are high-priced, big money burgers, you may even call them the burgers for the 1%. abc's t.j. winick was sure to take a bite. >> reporter: new york city landmark serendipity 3 known for its decadent deserts like the $1,000 ice cream sundae. cooked up a $295 hamburger even guinness certified it the most expensive in the world. this is white truffle butter infused with ten different
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herbs. >> reporter: don't forget the bun. in this case, flecked with pure 24 karat gold flakes from switzerland. if you think a $300 burger is over the top, you are not alone. >> $6.66 burger is seasoned. >> reporter: these two men, founders of 666 burger truck aren't big fans of the gourmet burger movement. okay. they hate it. >> well, what could be the best way to really show my disgust short of, you know, burning the places down? >> reporter: his answer, a burger that is both wasteful and useless. his word, not mine. the price tag, $666. the cheese, mockingly melted in champagne steam. the whole thing is wrapped in gold leaf and topped with lobster, truffles, and caviar. >> expensive is easy to do. you just find the most expensive ingredients. throw them together. but if they've don't work together, then it is a disaster.
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>> reporter: but who would buy this extravagant burger. wow. that's good. that is -- that is amazing. serendipity three has sold a handful of theirs. as for 666 -- guess what there still haven't been any takers. for "nightline," i'm t.j. winick in new york. >> t.j. took another bite. notice that? just to taunt us. just to taunt us, t.j. >> either 666 or serendipity listening, bring in the burger. >> i'm happy. >> was that just a belch? nice. >> happy to do a taste test. >> freaked out by the gold leaf stuff. what's up with that, eating gold? >> could be tasty though. >> like gold on my jewelry not in my belly. >> i'll try it serendipity.
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this morning on "world news now" -- hope turns to heartbreak in the search for 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. >> police sources in colorado tell us they believe the body found last night is the missing girl. it is thursday, october 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good thursday morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> i'm john muller. rob and paula are off this morning. in a moment the search for jessica ridgeway is now a hunt for a killer. ahead one-on-one with president obama his first interview since last week's debate. and diane sawyer asked what happened in denver? also coming up, how could it happen? the latest on how the man in a bulletproof vest packing an arsenal managed to get on a plane. and just when you thought it
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was safe to go back in the water, tigers. the wild idea, latest up close nature adventure at a florida zoo. we begin with breaking news from colorado. a devastating end to the search of missing 10-year-old girl jessica ridgeway. >> a body has been found in arvada, colorado, a few miles from where jessica ridgeway went missing last friday. sources tell abc news police believe it is jessica. the grim news came hours after investigators cleared jessica's parents. >> i want to come out today and tell you that at this point in the investigation, after thoroughly looking at the parents, we are confident they're not involved in the disappearance of jessica ridgeway. the focus shifts to an unknown suspect as we think she was abducted. >> the day jessica vanished she was supposed to meet up with friends to walk to school together, but she never made it. police say it will take team to get a positive i.d. on the body. there are new details in the case of that man stopped at
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l.a.x. wearing a bulletproof vest and packing weapons. he apparently told authorities it was all part of a game. investigators are trying to figure out how he managed to fly from several countries without being stopped. here is abc's jim avila. >> reporter: a lone traveler allowed to fly in a frightening getup from asia to california, the fire suit, fireproof legs, knee pads, a chinese knock-off bulletproof vest, covered by the stereotypical long black trench coat. >> this guy is involved in some sort of delusion or fantasy that totally inappropriate obviously. >> reporter: in fact, sources tell abc news, harris carrying only a laptop, wore that vest through security in china. but was taken aside and questioned during his route through south korea and japan. then allowed to proceed to the united states. when he landed in los angeles, a custom's agent noticed the unusual garb, checked his bag and police arrested him.
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>> he had a myriad of items in checked in luggage that raised suspicion. he has a gas mask, knives, handcuffs. >> reporter: still it may surprise the average passenger, none of that frightening gear, not even the body bags in his luggage is banned from planes. only a smoke grenade found in his checked luggage is illegal. the tsa is investigating how korean authorities let it get aboard. and while it could have produced plenty of smoke in the cabin, harris had no access to it in the cargo hold. it was not rigged to detonate on its own. >> weapons were found. bags are left unattended. people go into quarantine areas. things like this happen all the time. >> reporter: police sources say harris told them upon his arrest, this is a game. while he was dressed for one, it's clearly not a game homeland security is willing to play. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> i mean, at least it was caught in l.a., but we just did a story, after the fact. we just did a story yesterday
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about a woman who was sort of on this end of life trip. she's dying from leukemia. the tsa searched her. made her life miserable. contaminated one of the bags she needs to survive. yet, this guy has all the stuff -- >> wearing a trench coat, bulletproof vest. crazy. right. >> traveling having a good old day. >> scary too, not just one airport. i've mean he basically was hopscotching around the world with all this stuff. >> you can't travel with saline, but can travel with grenades and nieves and scissors, and flame retardant gear and bulletproof vests. >> apparently, he's not cooperating with authorities. strange one to say the least. >> unbelievable. on capitol hill, republican lawmakers pounced on the obama administration over the embassy attack in libya that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens. senior state department officials insist they'd rejected requests for increased security
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based on intelligence they had at the time. but a former security officer suggested politics played a role saying officials didn't want libya to seem more unstable. investigators warning about a massive security breach at a northwest florida state college. hackers managed to steal 300,000 record from the school's computer system including social security numbers. financial information. those at risk, students. teachers, staff, retirees many reported issues with identity theft. well, a me plea deal has been reached in the case of a colorado student shot after she wandered into a house drunk. zoe ripple pled guilty to trespassing. if she stays out of trouble her record will be wiped clean. under the influence of a date rape drug when she walked into a couple's bedroom in the middle of the night. that is a very strange story. >> yeah, a strange story. you were mentioning this is some what of a problem in colorado. >> police in this area say that many students i belief if i remember, this is, don't quote me on this, one or two a week.
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one or two a month. students will drink too much. and there's a lot of houses that are used seasonally. some of them are empty. they wander in. sleep it off. apparently like, entering these homes happens a lot. why this woman would enter this home. not leave when somebody had a gun pointed at her saying get out -- >> you are in colorado. >> not good. >> i just cannot believe this. >> tests show she was quite drunk. but i think, if you are drunk enough. if you can walk, you think you would register that you have a gun in your face. you should turn around and walk out. >> my goodness. maybe the date rape drug. the new assertion. >> colorado. well, here's a look at your thursday weather. thunderstorms from the california coast to vegas, phoenix and albuquerque. showers in southeast texas and miami area. mix of rain and snow from northern minnesota. into michigan. a chilly drier day from new england to the mid-atlantic. >> mostly 60s in the north east.
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midwest. 80s from dallas to miami. mostly 70s in the rockies. well, a south florida pastor is going above and beyond to raise money to realize a life long dream. >> bishop roy gluber has been living on a scissor lift in an empty lot where he would like to help a center. look to help the needy from food and clothing, mortgages and insurance. >> his solution is 164 million people visit his website and donate $1 each. >> he wants 106 people or $1 million? he's aiming high. >> sure is. is there a bathroom? >> definitely not. didn't see a shower or bathroom or kitchen. >> maybe he is allowed to take an hour break. some times during the marathons. >> got to be taking a break. >> you think. unless he has a water bottle. >> all for a good cause. >> yeah. well, coming up, diane sawyer's exclusive sit down with president obama.
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♪ welcome back. 26 days to go until election day. and it's fair to expect president obama will be watching tonight when his vice president joe biden debates republican nominee paul ryan. >> the subject of his own debate performance was issue one when
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"world news" anchor diane sawyer spoke to mr. obama at the white house. >> let's get right to it, that debate, what happened? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> not the first time i had a bad night. but i think what's important is, the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. governor romney went to a lot of trouble to try to hide what his positions are because he knows those ideas have been rejected. they won't work. if he is making an honest presentation about what he proposed he will lose. because the american people are not going to go back there. what this comes done to is how we are going to grow an economy in which everybody gets a fair shot. governor romney's prescription is that -- if we cut taxes by $5 trillion, skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations that i have put in place, some how the economy is going to grow. i fundamentally disagree with that. >> your supporters say this wasn't a bad night. you didn't show up. >> it just looked like to me he
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didn't want to be there, his mind wasn't on it. he didn't want to engage. >> this is legendary strategist james carville. >> well, as i said, you know, there's no doubt that i can make a better case which is why i am so looking forward to tuesday. >> but again, why did it happen? al gore said was it the altitude? >> you know -- i am not going to speculate on that. >> a lesson learned from it? >> well, i do think one lesson learned is just to make sure that people understand how much is at stake and how deeply i care about it. >> but we asked the president if he's second-guessing himself after that debate? >> i played a lot of sports when i was a kid and still do. if you have a bad game you just move on you. look forward to the next one. it makes you that much more determined. the difference between this and
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sports is that the stakes are so high. >> in the days since the romney team has been out in force saying this wasn't just about performance or style, but an administration that seems tired and governor romney filled with energy and new ideas. >> well, there is no doubt that he made a good sales pitch. the problem is the product is not going to work. there were no new ideas in there. >> reporter: what did mrs. obama say to you when you got home that night? >> you know what, michelle is always my best adviser, my toughest critic. she and i have been through this together. >> reporter: is it possible you handed him the election that night? >> no. >> reporter: you're going to win? >> yes. >> reporter: you want it more than the first time? >> absolutely. because i -- one of the things about being in this office is --
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you are reminded of every day about what is at stake. on saturday i took michelle out to dinner. the waiter said -- thank you, you saved my mom's life. because of your health care law. she is able to get the care that she needed. that's who i am fighting for. >> what is your message to joe biden about tomorrow night? >> well, you know, i think joe just needs to be joe. congressman ryan is a smart and effective speaker. but his ideas are the wrong ones. and joe understands that. >> reporter: message to mitt romney about tuesday night? >> well, i don't need to send a message to mitt romney. i think he will once again be very well prepared. you know, he makes a good power point presentation. i look forward to seeing him. >> reporter: and he says, taking
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him on, on issues where he shifted like legal abortion. during the primaries governor romney said he would look to see a repeal of roe v. wade. but yesterday in an interview, he said this, there's no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. your campaign has called that a lie. >> well, look, diane, this is another example of governor romney hiding positions he's been campaigning on for a year and a half. >> reporter: is it a lie? >> governor romney made very clear that -- if a bill comes to his desk that over turns roe v. wade that he will be fully supportive of that. he said i will appoint justices that will overturn roe v. wade. and now, four weeks before an election, he is trying to cloud the question when it comes to women's rights to control their own health care decisions. the one thing i think people,
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republicans as well as the democrats can say is that there has been consistency with me from the time that i started running for president to today. and there will be consistency all the way through the next four years of my presidency. people will know where i stand, what i believe, what i am fighting for. and that's part of leadership. >> of course diane will try to sit down with mitt romney as well. abcs is working on that. stay tuned. >> that is important. a fascinating interview. i want to hear from governor romney. >> i also want to see joe biden being in jail as president obama put it. that is always interesting. some times joe says some really interesting things. >> i know. definitely going to watch. i think a lot of people are going to be watch. one of the most watched vice presidential debate. >> think you are right. still to come, what a new
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survey says is a sure fire way for women to get ahead in business. coming up in the "the mix." >> one of a kind attraction in florida. how you can swim with a tiger. you will have to do it quickly. you are watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now"
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suit and got into the pool. >> reporter: there is a new party animal in town, tony the tiger. only 6 weeks old and tiny, his roar may only be a peep, but he's an enormous attraction here at dade city's wild things, which says it is the only place in the world where customers can swim, yes, swim with a real live tiger. >> it is a limited time we can do it in florida. you can only interact with a tiger until they're 40 pounds. and while it may sound dangerous, randy stern says it's a roaring success. drawing people from as far as iceland. paying $200 for just 30 minutes to cuddle, bottle feed, and of course practice your tiger paddle. >> there you go. >> reporter: when fully grown, tony, a siberian are tiger could top 1,000 pounds. bertha cruz didn't seem to mind.
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>> i never thought i would get to touch one much less swim with one trying to keep up with it, so exciting. >> reporter: so exciting everyone wants in on the action. swimming with wild and potentially deadly critters seems downright trendy now. at arizona's out of africa park, these cats lash around with their trainers. the whole idea here is to get them to be socialized with humans. animals born in captivity and will die in captivity. matt gutman, abc news, dade city, florida. >> no, no, no. wild animals. could maul your face. could maul your face off. >> if it tried to maul my face off -- >> no, no. >> not going to happen? >> no, no, no. that is a photoshop. that's a photoshop. all right. coming up on thursday morning "the mix, you thought you heard the laugh of prince harry's wild trip to vegas? think again. >> that and the politically topical halloween costume.
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all right. time for "the mix." sunny, have you ever butt dialed 911 by accident? >> yes. >> seems like you and i all most have a million times. one more button i have to hit, yes, no. i hit no. that happens to me all the time. it happens to everybody. apparently, the 911 call centers are getting overwhelmed. it's really a problem. for every 100 calls, report in "the daily" made to 911 this year, 40 were accidental. almost half the calls going to 911 are accidental. and total 100 million illegitimate 911 calls made last year, mayor bloomberg released in new york city that accidental reports here actually outnumber real emergency calls. and another little dynamic going on because so many people have cell phones these days, 911
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operators are getting inundated, the call same emergency. 25 people call in the same emergency. >> yes. i've done that. i called. they said we have a call. >> tough to be an operator. >> got to have the button and step. >> extra button. ten times a day. sure you want to call 911. no! >> yeah, yeah, true. that's what people have to do. well, how about this -- shocking to me, flirting apparently remains the best way for women to get what they want in business. >> doesn't surprise me at all. i turn into a complete zombie when a woman flirts with me. >> i have to flirt with you more. it's amazing. >> yeah. >> i didn't know that. >> really? >> fascinating. an experiment was done. involved a deal to sell a car to sell a car to a woman called sue in different scenarios. flirty playful sue got more money off the asking price. serious sue didn't get much money. apparently only works women flirting with men. when men flirt with women, we could care less. you will pay the price.
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this morning on "world news now" -- a tragic turn. a body is found just a few miles from where jessica ridgeway disappeared. >> and sources now tell abc news they have reason to believe it is that of the little girl. it is thursday, october 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good thursday morning, i'm sunny hostin. >> i'm john muller. rob and paula are on assignment. 10-year-old jessica vanished last friday on her way to school. much more on the discovery of the body and what investigators are telling abc news. >> such a sad story. >> so sad. but first, a look at some of the other stories we are following for you this half hour. a huge night in the race for president. vice presidential candidates prepare to go head to head in a debate the obama administration hopes can turn the tide for its campaign.
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also this half hour, we'll introduce you to a woman who the sky is the limit. no, not you, sunny. martha raddatz soars with the first female fighter pilot and how she paved the way for new generations. >> and that is one of my favorite stories of the day. so cool. and later from newspapers to television now to the big screen. charlie brown and snoopy plan to take hollywood by storm. how the new movie will be a family affair for the cartoon's creator the i certainly am going to watch that. remember. ♪ snoopy >> of course. ♪ snoopy love it. first there is breaking news from colorado this morning. a grim discovery in the desperate search for a girl who has been missing since last friday. >> abc's clayton sandel has been following the jessica ridgeway case from the start, the latest from westminster, colorado. >> reporter: late wednesday night police announced a body had been found in a park in arvada. they will not confirm it is 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. multiple police sources tell abc
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news they believe it is the girl's body. but positive identification may take several days. the fifth grader was last seen friday morning as she headed out for her short walk to school. over the weekend the first big break in the case when her backpack was discovered about six miles away. wednesday's discovery came just hours after police cleared jessica's parents as suspects. >> at this point in the investigation, after thoroughly looking at the parents, we're confident they are not involved in the disappearance of jessica ridgeway. the focus shifts to an unknown suspect as we think she was abducted. >> reporter: now the police focus is on finding a suspect and identifying the body. and for the family and friend of the girl with the blond hair and the pink and purple glasses who loved math and gym class, their hope is gone, replaced by shock and grief. last evening before word the body had been discovered. people gathered in independence, missouri, where jessica's father and other relatives live, holding a prayer vigil.
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prayers they now know were not answered. clayton sandell, abc news, westminster, colorado. >> a terrible story the something on the overnight. when the school called her mother to tell her mother she hadn't arrived there, her mother said she was sleeping because she worked the overnight shift. >> the overnight shift. >> and she did not get the call for eight hours. >> clearly, like we were talking earlier, going to blame herself. but it's not the case. >> it's not her fault. it's the creep out there that did this. i mean, i still don't understand. don't understand why people prey upon innocent children. >> unbelievable. our hearts go out to the family and we'll follow the story. >> absolutely. well, to politics now and the vice presidential debate tonight in kentucky. >> both candidates under intense pressure to turn into a game-changing performance. 28 days to go. karen travers joins us with a preview. karen. >> reporter: good morning, john,
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good morning, sunny. stakes are high in danville, kentucky. but we are still talking about last week's debate. the president was not really trying to defend his performance. vice president biden's goal, halt mitt romney's momentum. paul ryan, he'll do anything to keep it going. abc's diane sawyer sat down exclusively with president obama and she asked him, what happened at that first debate? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> how bad? >> well, it's not the first time i've had a bad night but i think what's important is that the fundamentals of what this race is about haven't changed. >> reporter: romney is on the hot seat. he told iowa's des moines register, quote, there is no legislation with regards to abortion that i am familiar with that would become part of my agenda. but that's a stark difference from the tone during the primaries. >> do i believe the supreme court should overturn roe v. wade? yes. >> planned parenthood, i'm going to get rid of that. >> reporter: before he left for
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kentucky, ryan was grilled by reporters, but romney seeming to downplay what he would do about abortion as president. >> our position is unified, consistent and hasn't changed. >> the president agreed that romney has been consistent. >> governor romney has made very clear that, if a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe v. wade he will be supportive of that. and he said, i will appoint justices that will overturn roe versus wade. and, now, four weeks before an election, he is trying to cloud the question. >> reporter: it will be biden and ryan on stage here tonight. but it will certainly be policies of the president and mitt romney up for debate. john, sunny, back to you. >> thank you, karen. vice presidential debate under way at 9:00 eastern time. our own martha raddatz will moderate that debate. you can see it live right here on abc. >> who knows what joe biden might say. loose cannon.
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>> everybody will watch it. loose cannon. but he is known as the best debater in the senate. so, ryan has work cut out. >> last presidential election great in the debate. >> of course, he sort of has that folksy, everyday guy way about him. resonates with so many. let's face it. >> beauty of the vps. don't have to be presidential. they can bombs away. yeah, this might be a lot of action. >> this might be a lot of action. the presidential debate was one of the most watched debates in history. you can imagine what's going to happen. with the media, twitter. >> president obama kind of flat on his feet, little lackluster. so biden's going to come out swinging. paul ryan is a tough guy the could be fun. >> i cannot wait. state department officials in the congressional hot seat acknowledging they turned down requests for additional security ahead of that attack in libya that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. in a politically charged hearing they told a house committee based on what they knew at the time security was appropriate.
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a former security officer testified his concerns were ignored. >> it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> that official acknowledged a few more armed americans might not have fended off the attack. republican lawmakers criticize the obama administration for not doing enough to protect the benghazi compound. and there are new details about the man arrested at l.a.x. wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying weapons. abc news learned that he told detectives and the fbi, hey this is a game. however, the officials are puzzled whether he meant the questioning or the stuff in his checked baggage. and officials are still trying to figure out how he managed to fly from china to korea to japan and on to los angeles without being stopped by security. a me deal reached in the case of a colorado student shot after she wandered into a house drunk. zoe ripple pleaded getty to felony trespassing.
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her record will be wiped clean if she stays out of trouble. the colorado university student claims she was given a date rape drug that night. she ended up inside that stranger's house. >> really scary things can happen and it's so important to keep, you know, your bearings about you. and really be conscious of what you are doing and what other people are doing. >> ripple was shot in the hip after she showed up in the homeowner's bedroom and was repeatedly warned to leave. the homeowner was not charged. two people are dead after a parking garage collapsed on the campus of miami-dade college. a short time ago, crews managed to free a construction worker who had been stuck inside a vehicle under the rubble for about 12 hours. the five-story parking structure was still under construction but nearly complete when the roof collapsed. secretary of state hillary clinton is strongly condemning the taliban, shooting of a 14-year-old activist in pakistan. protesters have hit the streets across pakistan to express their
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outrage. the teenager has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of girls to get educated. doctors removed a bullet from her head, though, she did remain in intensive care. bicyclist lance armstrong has been demanding to know the names of those accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs. the anti-doping agency has complied, revealing 11 of armstrong's former team mates are among those who testified against him. they provided detail of the substances he used. armstrong continues to insist he never cheated. to the road to the world series, an exciting end to last night's orioles/yankees game. yankees behind, bottom of the ninth. the pinch hitter raul ibanez ties it up with a home run to right. and then in the bottom of the 12th, he comes up again, yeah, same thing. a game-winning home run by
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ibanez. the yanks win it 3-2. they lead that series, 2-1. game four tonight in the bronx. yesterday's other games, saint louis beat washington to take a two games to one lead in that series. san francisco, topped cincinnati. that series is tied. and back in american league, oakland from two runs down in the ninth to win, 4-3. force a game five later today. following any of the baseball sunny? >> well, you know, i'm from the bronx. >> yes, you are. really are from the bronx. >> all about the yankees. >> unbelievable, though, raul ibanez, pinch-hit home run in the ninth. post season. game winning home run in the 12th. money. reggie jackson. >> you can never count out a bronx bomber. ever. >> ever. the greatest winning sports franchise in the history of sports. can't get them out. sorry. >> no problem. coming up, an important warning about the airbags in your car. how some people are learning the hard way that those bags are not factory approved. but first, forget glass ceilings. we're going to introduce you to a woman who shattered barriers in the sky. you are watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ follow the wings.
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we mention tonight's vice president shall debate earlier. happy to say that abc's martha raddatz is tonight's moderator. >> and when she's not hanging with biden or ryan or traveling the war zones, martha gets to cool stuff, like when she went flying with the first female fighter pilot. check it out. >> reporter: it is one of the most fearsome fighter jets in the sky. the f-15 strike eagle. and i could not be in more capable hands. colonel jeannie flynn leavitt is not only a decorated fighter pilot, she has broken through gender barriers, few thought possible. >> they said, you realize if you fly fighters, you'll be the first and there will be some attention. and i said, i don't want the attention but i want to fly fighters more than anything. >> reporter: more than 20 years ago when she entered a world dominated by male swagger. >> the plaque for the alternates is found in the ladies room. >> reporter: that altitude was not just in movies like "top gun, pentagon brass argued male
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bonding was critical. >> if you want to make a combat unit ineffective, assign some women to it. >> reporter: but like it or not, they were ordered to change. since thenner the 46-year-old leavitt has logged more than 2,700 hours. 300 in combat over iraq and afghanistan. dropping bombs on enemy targets and avoiding enemy fire. leavitt now trains others for combat, commanding a 5,000-person fighter wing. this day, a mock bombing raid in the skies over north carolina. >> what the jets do first is a show of force exactly what they would do if this was a real battle. >> the changes with women flying combat aircraft is -- >> all different skill levels. >> -- girls don't stand out anymore. >> it is very true. >> reporter: and the colonel and others have inspired a new generation.
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>> regardless of your gender i think everyone is going to look up to her, everyone does look up to her. >> the fact, gender, race, religion, none of that matters. it matters how you perform. >> reporter: she has performed one of the best of the best. so take that, maverick. martha raddatz. abc news, seymour johnson air force base. >> now get this, in-flight. that's right, take that, maverick. she's logged more than 2,700 hours, 300 in combat over iraq and afghanistan. she's been a weapons instructor as well. fair to say she is among the best of the best. >> you better believe it. they don't put you in the cockpit of one of the expensive planes unless you are one of the best of the best. >> apparently. >> see. >> see, see what i mean? don't have to deal with tsa. >> modern fighter pilot. good look for you. >> thank you, thank you. it's also interesting, i mean, she entered the air force in 1992. earned her bachelor's in
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aerospace engineering, and masters in aeronautics and astronautics from stanford, university. >> she's a little smarty pants. >> she's such a smarty pants, i mean, my goodness. >> that's right. iceman. i am crazy. >> am i iceman or you iceman? >> maverick, iceman. both pretty cool. >> i want to be maverick. >> i will be iceman. i like it. up next, an important consumer alert. >> how the very thing designed to protect you in a car crush could end up being what harms you the most. you are watching "world news now." tect you in a car crush could end up being what harms you the most. you are watching "world news
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well, when you think about counterfeit stuff, maybe you are thinking about money or fake luxury items. you are probably not thinking about the air bags in your car, safe to say. >> you should be. in fact national traffic safety administration is warning about counterfeit airbags. abc's david kerley reports they look like the real thing but they're not. >> reporter: this airbag supposed to save your life explodes. fire shooting out of the steering wheel. it's a counterfeit. here it is again, the fake literally shooting parts and flames right at the driver. or this bag, another fake. that only partially inflates. customs a scents were spotting fakes when the tests of the suspected chinese made counterfeits came back the alert went out. >> when people try to think about counterfeiting having largely to do with whether or not somebody is selling a bootleg dvd, we're dealing in a
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completely different world now. >> reporter: this summer in charlotte boxes were confiscated. in a raid. some are sold in the internet. others in repair shops. this is only an issue if your airbag has deployed and you have to have it replaced. the government says go to an authorized dealer and make sure you get the real deal. less than 250,000 vehicles over the past three years may be affected. the advice, if you're not sure you got a real replacement, have a dealership check your new air bag. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> yeah, that is just route rages. it's one thing getting a counterfeit handbag. >> and fire shooting out of the steering wheel, that's ridiculous. well, the agency is asking car owners to check www.safercar.gov. for information on how to contact auto manufacture call centers to learn which vehicle models are among those who may have gotten those counterfeit air bags. >> frightening. coming up, no matter what your age is, likely the cartoon "peanuts" was part of your childhood. now a new movie coming your way.
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♪ ♪ oh i need someone to read me stories ♪ ♪ oh ♪ someone to turn the page well, finally this half hour, the promise of more peanuts. >> uh-huh. >> yes, more charlie brown, lucy, peppermint patti and eve snoopy. >> don't get too excited. the big screen movie is in the works. abc's chris connelly has the details. >> reporter: cue the music. ♪ the memorable characters. >> 5 cents, please. >> good grief. >> reporter: and peanuts' fans get ready to laugh. or well -- in the make of tuesday's news that a deal has
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been made. >> attention, everyone, here's our director! >> reporter: to update charlie brown and the gang to the 21stth century to a new animated feature. >> lucy, get those costumes and scripts and pass them out. >> we know how dedicated peanuts how fanatical these peanuts fans, if you put them in the wrong voice, wrong image, take them in the wrong place. and charlie brown an ipad you will hear about it. >> reporter: the first peanuts film without the input of creator charles schultz. who died in 2000 after bringing his incomparable blend of wit and whoa to 50 years of peanuts strips, films and tv specials. this new film it is said will be co-written by one of schultz's sons, craig, who knows he has big shoes to fill. >> all i can do is make it last as long as i can and be as true to my dad's work. i believe the rest of the family is dedicated to that. >> just look, as far as the eye can see. >> reporter: the film is slated to be released in 2015.
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that would be the 50th anniversary of the peabody winning charlie brown christmas. good enough news. ♪ to bring everyone to their feet. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> i cannot -- can't wait. >> what's the best one? the christmas one, i think. >> christmas one, he buys the tree. >> become part of the vernacular. something pathetic. it looks like the charlie brown christmas tree. >> they're going to update it, though, which i think sort of speaks to the kids of today. >> they're going to have a challenge because, yeah, the kids today might find it a little slow. that's what made it great. different generation. >> we'll see something different. that's the new for this half hour. follow us on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> on twitter@abc, use #wnnfans. we'll see you in a minute. #-wnnfans. we'll see you in a minute.
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this morning on "world news now" -- the spotlight shifts. the vice presidential candidates are ready to spar tonight in their only debate. >> they'll go head-to-head over domestic and foreign issues. 26 days before the election. it's thursday, october 11th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, i'm john muller. >> i'm sunny hostin. paula and rob are off this thursday morning. we'll get to the high stakes vice presidential debate in just a moment. also this half hour, late news from colorado in the frantic search for 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. a body has been discovered. police sources tell us they believe it is the missing girl. also ahead, disgraced cyclist lance armstrong demanded to know who accused him of doping. now he has the names, 26 of them, including 11 former
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teammates now against him. >> which is unbelievable. wow. then the latest low down on the lohans, yes, lindsay gets in a nasty new brawl. this time it's with her mom. cops were called. and we'll have it all coming up in "the skinny." they just never disappoint. >> didn't involve a nightclub and car this time? >> i think it did involve a nightclub. >> did it really? yeah, we'll find out. we're going to begin with tonight's big debate, with just 26 days before the big election. >> romney running mate paul ryan arrived in kentucky where he will face-off for 90 minutes with the vice president joe biden. it will be ryan's first debate on the national stage. with the race so close there is extra pressure for him to turn in a clutch performance. >> vice president biden travels to the debate site later today. he had several mock debates with the paul ryan stand-in, maryland congressman chris van holland. who has been with biden all week helping him prep, and a sign of how good he feels about his prospects, his first campaign event after the debate will be
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in wisconsin, right in paul ryan's back yard. the vice presidential debate gets under way at 9:00 eastern time and our own martha raddatz moderates the debate and we will carry it live. as for the top of the ticket, there are questions this morning about where mitt romney stands on abortion. romney said in an interview tuesday that he has no plans for abortion legislation if elected. but anti-abortion advocates reminded him of his pledge to do everything in his power to promote a culture of life. and so on the stump in ohio, romney reaffirmed that he is indeed pro-life. in an interview with abc news, president obama accused romney of trying to cloud his true stance on abortion. speaking to diane sawyer, president obama conceded that he did poorly in last week's debate. asked if it was possible he had handed the election to romney, the president replied "no." breaking news this morning in the search for a 10-year-old girl who vanished on her way to
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school near denver. a body has been found. remains were discovered in arvada, colorado, just miles from jessica's home. sources tells abc news investigators believe it is jessica, but it could take a while to make a positive identifications. hours earlier, police announced jessica's parents were not suspects. >> i want to come out today and tell you that at this point in the investigation after thoroughly looking at the parents, we're confident that they are not involved in the disappearance of jessica ridgeway. the focus shifts to an unknown suspect as we think she was abducted. >> there was a big delay in reporting jessica's disappearance. her mother works overnight and was sleeping when the school left a voice mail saying jessica didn't show up. police were called eight hours later after her mother retrieved the message. now to the house hearing, stemming from last month's attack in libya. a former u.s. security official told lawmakers it was clear that they would not get the extra security they requested until an
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actual incident occurred. abc's jake tapper has more on the testimony. >> reporter: that horrifying night in benghazi had former security officials in libya condemning superiors for denying requests for more security agents. >> i asked for 12 agents. his response was you are asking for the sun, moon and stars. >> reporter: eric nordstrom, the former security officer at u.s. embassy in libya recalled his biggest frustration as being the state department. >> it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs, and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> reporter: nordstrom suspected the denials for more security were rooted in the fear of making libya seem more unstable. but a state department official denied any politics were at play. >> i have directly served six secretaries of state, democratic and republican. on my honor, no, none.
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>> reporter: we have learned new details what happened that night. at 8:30, ambassador chris stevens went outside the compound to say good night to a visiting turkish diplomat. the streets were empty. but at 9:40 p.m., security agents in the operations center of the compound heard explosions and saw a large group of armed men entering the compound. stevens information specialist sean smith and one security agent locked themselves in a safe area. they saw attackers hunting for them. pouring diesel and, setting the house on fire. the three americans went to a bathroom area where they tried to open a small window for air. but it was not enough. on the ground suffering from severe smoke inhalation they decided to flee. stevens and smith never made it out alive. diane sawyer asked the president about the white house's initial claims that the incident began with a protest against that anti-muslim video. >> as information came in, information was put out. the information may not have always been right the first time.
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look, look, diane, these are people i know. and if there is something to be fixed, it will get fixed. >> reporter: the commander of a security team pulled from libya a few weeks before the attack testified that when he heard about the attack on the post in benghazi it was instantly recognizable that it was a terrorist attack. i had almost expected the attack to come, he said, we were the last flag flying. it was a matter of time. jake tapper, abc news, the white house. >> well, i think it's just stunning that it appears that perhaps security was short changed. people were asking for security and didn't get it. >> obviously, house republicans are saying that, you know, there was a, you know, situation here where the obama administration blew it. and are actually accusing the administration of misleading the public. the obama administration denies that. hindsight is 20/20. but there's no doubt about it. there were requests they didn't feel safe. they needed more. let's face it.
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the facts play out that they had, very good suspicion and they were right. >> and this was not a good time for the hearing, for the obama administration. >> no. >> especially 20-something days away from the election. >> got that right. >> tough. talk about lawyers and jerry sandusky, they say they will fight the attempts to take away his penn state pension. the retirement pension told sandusky will no longer receive $4,900 monthly check. in light of his conviction on child sex charges. sandusky received a total of $900,000 in pension payments between his retirement in 1999 and last month. >> wow. >> that's -- that's a sweet retirement deal. >> $900,000. >> that's a lot. wow. >> apparently the decision rests on analysis that he remained a de facto employee of penn state in the years after his 1999 retirement. and we all know how that that put him in the position to commit more crimes against young boys. and so, it's no surprise to me that, you know, they're saying
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well, you're not entitled to that retirement anymore. >> it makes you wonder if they're going to try to recoup that. apparently, he won't get any more. >> that's a good point. they should. we'll see. >> we'll see. u.s. anti-doping agency says lance armstrong not only cheated in pursuit of his seven tour de france titles, he also pushed his teammates to do the same. the agency investigation found that armstrong was at the center of quote, the most sophisticated professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. the agency's chief says the evidence against armstrong, too overwhelming to ignore. >> our job unfortunately is to act on the evidence. nothing else. nothing more, nothing less. and that's what we have done in this case. and what we saw, and the evidence shows an undeniable web of sophisticated doping, all aimed to succeed and bring are success to this team. >> armstrong has been stripped
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of all his titles. he did not fight the agency's charges, but he does continue to insist he never cheated. medical news now, the search for a way to prevent alzheimer's. researchers plan to test three drugs on people doomed to get the disease. because of their genetic makeup. within a few years doctors should know which drug if any would work. research in the past has focused on people who already have the disease with little positive results. >> that's a significant breakthrough. >> let's hope one of these works. yeah, right. here's your thursday forecast, showers, thunderstorms in california from san jose, l.a. and san diego. also stretching into vegas, phoenix, albuquerque. showers from houston, corpus christi. wintry mix near the canadian border, northern minnesota to the upper peninsula of michigan. >> highs only in the 40s from fargo to minneapolis. mostly 60s from chicago to boston. and, 80s, across the south. when we think of activities at senior centers, golf, or arts and crafts come to mind. >> yes. but in great falls, montana, one
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group of seniors is going hog wild, hog as in harley, that is. these over 50 folks lined up for the chance to strap on helmets, goggles and hit the open road. accompanied by the local harley club. most had never, yes, never been on a bike. and they all agreed that given another chance, they would do it again. >> kind of fun being on the back of a bike, right? >> man, look at that. they have harleys too. >> check it out, man. >> they look cool. >> did they go to the road house, get in a fight. down pitchers of beer. what do you think? >> i'm digging it. >> me too. well, coming up. another day, another round of drama, yes, for lindsay lohan. this time, she and her mother go a few rounds. bizarre details ahead in "the skinny." but first, police say there was a lot more working out going on inside a fitness studio in maine. small town scandal involving, sex and zumba. you are watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ ♪ zumba ♪ zumba
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be watched apparently. a list of alleged johns has people very nervous. check it out. >> reporter: it's a town better known for east coast charm and summering ex-presidents. now kennebunk, maine, rocked by a massive scandal involving -- sex, money and -- zumba? >> i don't think it's something that's indicative of kennebunk. it is a nice town and a nice place to live. and i am quite surprised. ♪ >> authorities charged 29-year-old zumba instructor alexis wright for running a sex for money operation out of her fitness studio. indicted on 106 counts more than half for prostitution. wright appeared in court. her alleged partner, insurance agent, mark strong sr. has also been charged with promoting prostitution and violation of privacy. it turns out the duo allegedly recorded many of wright's encounters and authorities have gathered more than 100 hours of
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video. now the town is bracing itself for another wave of scandal as police issue summonses and plan to release the names of wright's alleged customers. >> i think there is a lot of people talking and probably some people that are sweating bullets about the list that may or may not come out. >> can you imagine? >> and get this -- police have begun issuing summonses to wright's customers. townspeople heard, lawyers, doctors, law enforcement officials and television personality. >> yes. >> have been summoned. >> i have not been to maine lately, put your mind to rest. do not give me an accusing look. >> i was just going to ask. >> the answer is no. >> my goodness. >> obviously, a little bit of scary as well. the school board administrator put the parents on notice of any kids who have relatives that might be on this list make sure there is no teasing or bullying. it's rocking the whole town and it really has a ripple effect. well, when we come back, we're going to see what's going on in "the skinny." probably more scandal. you are watching "world news now."
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skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny so now it is time for "the skinny." it's time for -- yes, the lohans. apparently lindsay and her mom dinah went out to club in manhattan. they hung out. a girl's night out until 4:30 in the morning. then allegedly got into a
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significant argument over whether or not, lindsay would stay at a manhattan hotel or return to her mother's home on long island. the screaming fight starts. they're now in front of the home. lindsay calls her father for help which is so fascinating. >> yeah, unbelievable. >> she starts yelling, dad she is on cocaine. talking about her mom. and then the father calls 911 and the cops get there. apparently, they're fighting because lindsay wants the $40,000 that she loaned her mother so that the family home wouldn't be foreclosed upon. and they get into this big, big argument. interestingly enough, then this morning, for a photo op, there you go, all is well between the lohans. all is well. hugging they have made peace. allegedly. allegedly. >> why does the dad call 911? why? unless they're brandishing weapons. >> but i've got to tell you, it makes you understand lindsay's issues.
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>> apple doesn't fall far from the trees are is that what you're saying to say? >> they have screwed her up. it makes me feel sorry for her. let's talk stevie nicks, she has apologized to nicki minaj for the comments she made. apologizing saying, for the comments. she said she would kill, would have killed american idol judge nicki minaj for what the rapper said to mariah carey. in a statement to the "hollywood reporter." she was truly sorry and felt deep regret for the remarks she made. they came at the long exhausting day of interviews. minaj, of course, drew nicks' ire after saying things like off with your head, and i'll knock you out. so stevie nicks was basically saying, how dare this little girl, if i were mariah, i would have walked over to nicki and strangled her to death. and gone to jail for it. >> who is going to mess with stevie nicks. >> i know. maybe i should have chose my words a little better. >> well, people are coming to mariah's defense. well, honey boo boo. >> okay.
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>> he doesn't know who honey boo boo is. well, i do. honey boo boo has her own 24-hour bodyguard after kidnapping threats. apparently, there is some sort of alleged plot to abduct the 7-year-old reality star. and there was an attempted break in at the honey booboo household august 27. believed that someone was casing the place for a future kidnap attempt by some one that may be convinced that tlc will way a huge ransom for their newest little star because she gets paid 20 grand for an episode. >> my goodness. >> she's fascinating to just watch, much less hear the audio. >> it's difficult to look away. difficult. >> you're right. quickly, beyonce pulling out of "a star is born" with clint eastwood. too bad. would have been interesting. beyonce pulling out of "a star is born" with eastwood, the 31-year-old singer was due to team up. she said we couldn't get it together. >> they're big obama supporters. i wonder if that had anything to
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♪ ♪ cheeseburger in paradise making the best of every bite ♪ cheeseburger moments here. >> oh, man. >> overnights too. >> dinner time for us. cheeseburger in paradise sound good right now. any sort of burger actually would do. >> yes, especially the ones we're about to show you, though. they are high-priced, big money burgers, you may even call them the burgers for the 1%. abc's t.j. winick was sure to take a bite. >> reporter: new york city landmark serendipity 3 known for its decadent deserts like the $1,000 ice cream sundae. cooked up a $295 hamburger even guinness certified it the most expensive in the world. is this our kind of secret. this is white truffle butter
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infused with ten different herbs. >> reporter: don't forget the bun. in this case, flecked with pure 24 karat gold flakes from switzerland. if you think a $300 burger is over the top, you are not alone. >> 666 burker is pretty much a plain burger seasoned with salt and pepper. >> reporter: these two men, founders of 666 burger truck aren't big fans of the gourmet burger movement. okay. they hate it. >> well, what could be the best way to really show my disgust short of, you know, burning the places down? >> reporter: his answer, a burger that is both wasteful and useless. his word, not mine. the price tag, $666. the cheese, mockingly melted in champagne steam. the whole thing is wrapped in gold leaf and topped with lobster, truffles, and caviar. >> expensive is easy to do. you just find the most expensive ingredients. throw them together.
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but if they've don't work together, then it is a disaster. >> reporter: but who would actually buy this extravagant burger. wow. that's good. that is -- that is amazing. serendipity three has sold a handful of theirs. as for 666 -- guess what there still haven't been any takers. for "nightline," i'm t.j. winick in new york. >> t.j. took another bite. notice that? just to taunt us. just to taunt us, t.j. >> either 666 or serendipity listening, bring in the burger. >> bring them on, i'm happy. [ belch ] >> was that just a belch? nice. >> happy to do a taste test. >> freaked out by the gold leaf stuff. what's up with that, eating gold? >> could be tasty though. >> like gold on my jewelry not in my belly. >> i'll try it serendipity. >> stick around. >> don't mis
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